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Book: Burnett received message from God (Flight 93)
KSTP TV 5 ^ | 7/10/06 | AP/KSTP TV 5

Posted on 07/10/2006 9:41:05 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

The widow of Tom Burnett, who helped lead the passenger revolt on hijacked Flight 93, says in a new book that he had struggled to figure out what he believed was a message from God that might have presaged the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Deena Burnett wrote that a year before the attacks, her husband, who rarely spoke openly about his faith, told her he'd been attending Mass daily to try to understand a message from God that had "something to do with the White House."

He told her he hadn't figured it out, "but I know it will impact a great number of people," she wrote in her book, "Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves."

She wrote that she had taken it as a good sign.

"God must have had a good chuckle that day," Burnett wrote, "because my response was, 'He wants you to run for president."'

Tom Burnett died in the crash of the United Airlines flight in rural Pennsylvania. The plane went down 20 minutes short of the hijackers' presumed target, either the U.S. Capitol or the White House.

In her book, Deena Burnett, of Little Rock, Ark., wrote about her four cell phone conversations with her husband during the hijacking, which culminated with her husband's assurance that he was "going to do something" to thwart the hijackers.

She also wrote that when she and other Flight 93 families were invited to the White House two weeks after the attacks, she asked President Bush for access to the plane's cockpit voice recording.

Burnett wrote that Bush replied: "I can see why you would want to. They sure were heroes on that flight."

When she and the rest of the Burnett family got to hear the tape in 2002, they heard intense fighting and the clatter of dishes outside the cockpit. Then they heard an American voice shouting: "In the cockpit. In the cockpit."

It was "clearly, unmistakably" Tom's voice, Burnett wrote.

She also disclosed that she got remarried last month, to Little Rock businessman Rodney Bailey. She said he would have wanted her to remarry so their three girls would have two parents.

She also said she has been approached about running for the U.S. House or for Arkansas lieutenant governor, but that she wasn't likely to attempt any run before her girls are grown.

She attributes her husband's strong character and deep Catholic faith to his upbringing in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, where his father was a high school English and literature teacher and his mother sold real estate.

He was a star quarterback at Jefferson High School, won admission to the Air Force Academy, later transferred to St. John's University in Collegeville, and, after a shoulder injury ended his football career, switched to the University of Minnesota. He attended graduate school at Pepperdine University before going to work for medical technology companies.

"Fighting Back" was co-written by Minneapolis public relations man Anthony Giombetti. It's published by Advantage Books, which specializes in inspirational, faith-based books.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Miscellaneous; Religion
KEYWORDS: 911; 911family; bookreview; burnett; catholics; fightingback; flight93; tomburnett; wot

1 posted on 07/10/2006 9:41:06 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: zot; SeraphimApprentice

ping


2 posted on 07/10/2006 10:09:16 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( (3rd Armored Division - Spearhead))
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Lovely story.

Thank you.

3 posted on 07/10/2006 10:12:35 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: Churchillspirit

Another book I'm going to have to add to my "must read" list.


4 posted on 07/10/2006 10:15:38 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

BTTT.


5 posted on 07/10/2006 3:20:02 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
This lady certainly is an example rather than a grandstander. What a difference from the shrill well known 9/11 widows.
6 posted on 07/10/2006 3:39:39 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

When the word gets out on this book, I think it's going to be massive.


7 posted on 07/10/2006 3:42:02 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
When the word gets out on this book, I think it's going to be massive.

I hope so. People need to read/hear something besides the strident whine of the left and to be reminded that we WERE once a different nation. This book sounds like it may be that reminder.

8 posted on 07/10/2006 3:50:26 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: DJ MacWoW; trussell; Knitting A Conundrum

Any good ping lists?


9 posted on 07/10/2006 4:02:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; NYer

Nyer, you might be interested in this.


10 posted on 07/10/2006 4:12:43 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; trussell; Knitting A Conundrum; kayak
Any good ping lists?

America - the Right Way
kayak?

There is a list of updated "pings" here

11 posted on 07/10/2006 4:15:57 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum; Salvation; Coleus; NYer; SoothingDave; cyborg; onyx; fortunecookie; ...

Catholic angle ping!


12 posted on 07/10/2006 4:16:02 PM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: DJ MacWoW; Knitting A Conundrum

Thanks.....


13 posted on 07/10/2006 4:17:07 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Petronski

Thank you, as well...


14 posted on 07/10/2006 4:17:39 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Petronski; Mo1; STARWISE; kstewskis; ELS

WOW! Takes my breath away.
Thanks for the ping.


15 posted on 07/10/2006 4:23:46 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: Lil'freeper

Ping


16 posted on 07/10/2006 4:30:22 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (..it takes some pretty serious yodeling to..filibuster from a five star ski resort in the Swiss Alps)
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To: Petronski; Coop; freema

Pennsylvania angle ping??


17 posted on 07/10/2006 4:41:51 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: GreyFriar

Very interesting. Thanks for the ping.


18 posted on 07/10/2006 5:56:18 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- the most slandered man of this decade)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Evil loves for its victims to be pacifists.

Fortunately, that isn't always the case.

19 posted on 07/10/2006 6:03:12 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
Evil loves for its victims to be pacifists.

You could sell that tagline for serious FReepathon $$'s!!
20 posted on 07/10/2006 6:07:48 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: onyx; Petronski; Northern Yankee; Victoria Delsoul
Great story!

Thanks for the ping, onyx and Petronski.

21 posted on 07/10/2006 6:17:02 PM PDT by kstewskis ("Aim small, miss small...." Benjamin Martin to Nathan and Samuel)
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To: DJ MacWoW; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); AFPhys; alwaysconservative; Angelwood; ...

Sounds like an uplifting read.


22 posted on 07/10/2006 6:22:03 PM PDT by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, Jemian's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: kayak

Thanks for the Ping, I put it on my summer read list.


23 posted on 07/10/2006 6:35:51 PM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

BTTT


24 posted on 07/10/2006 6:39:03 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

How heartwarming to hear one of the widows can relive the day with positive memories.. God Bless her! Thanks for thread BTLD and the ping Kayak. Good read & I thought the movie, although somewhat difficult to watch was very good.


25 posted on 07/10/2006 6:50:01 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Got a ping list you can share this with?

I truly believe this will be BIG.

Thanks,

3


26 posted on 07/10/2006 6:53:31 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Happy to hear she remarried, and wish to her and all her families the best.


27 posted on 07/10/2006 6:56:18 PM PDT by bvw
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To: kayak

thanks, bump!


28 posted on 07/10/2006 6:58:38 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (It takes ideas and optimism to win elections. The DemocRATS have neither.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; lysie; MozartLover; prairiebreeze; Iowa Granny; Jemian; tillacum; AFPhys; ...
A good read ping!!!!! a 911 widow with "perspective" and a great story.
29 posted on 07/10/2006 7:02:37 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Thanks for your ping-ability!!

3


30 posted on 07/10/2006 7:05:29 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

;-)


31 posted on 07/10/2006 7:10:18 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: kayak

Thanks for the ping, kayak.

Mr. Burnett attended the same college as my husband and son, St. John's University.

I am intrigued by his becoming a daily Mass attendant before his death and how his faith may have helped him on that fatal flight.

I will read the book to find out more.


32 posted on 07/10/2006 7:12:00 PM PDT by MNbelle
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To: onyx; Petronski

Chills ... she is an outstanding woman ..unwavering, radiating faith and righteous conviction. God bless her. I'm happy she's found smiles again. Thanks, O.


33 posted on 07/10/2006 7:20:04 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: kayak; DollyCali

Very uplifting. I'm so glad she's remarried and been able to find some peace as well as a father to her children.


34 posted on 07/10/2006 7:35:28 PM PDT by Peach (Iraq/AlQaeda relationship http://markeichenlaub.blogspot.com/2006/06/strategic-relationship-between.)
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To: kstewskis

What an amazing story. Thanks for the ping, Karen.


35 posted on 07/10/2006 7:39:46 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: TheStickman

911/Catholic ping


36 posted on 07/10/2006 7:46:04 PM PDT by visualops (visualops.com)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you for the ping DC.


37 posted on 07/10/2006 7:46:47 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: DollyCali; Jeff Head; StarFan; Calpernia; firebrand; Mo1; John Robertson; Reagan is King; ...

Thanks for the ping, Dolly.

My husband & I visited the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial in Oct. 2004. We were both moved to tears by the sacrifice of those brave passengers and crew who won the first battle in the War on Terror.

May they rest in peace. And may their families be comforted in the knowledge that they will forever have the love and gratitude of all Americans.

Ping to my Flight 93 list......


38 posted on 07/10/2006 7:48:00 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Rock the boat, Vote Harris!.....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: kayak

Thanks for the ping.

Sounds like it should be a really good read!


39 posted on 07/10/2006 8:03:45 PM PDT by jtill (You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think!)
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To: JulieRNR21
Thanks for the PING...


 

40 posted on 07/10/2006 8:34:49 PM PDT by Smartass ("In God We Trust" - "An informed and knowledgeably citizen is the best defense against tyranny")
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To: DollyCali

Indeed!. Thank you for the ping.!


41 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:18 PM PDT by MEG33 (In Memory of Maggie Marine, LadyX....)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Number of U.S. airliners hijacked since the Battle of Flight 93: 0.

'Nuff said.


42 posted on 07/10/2006 9:12:57 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: DollyCali

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 07/10/2006 9:24:16 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: B-Chan
I don't see another plane being hijacked in the US after 9/11. I keep thinking back to Richard Reed, when he tried his garbage the passengers about beat him to death rather than allowing him to fulfill his "obligation to Allah".

Thank God for the people on flight 93, they really were the first soldiers in the WOT.
44 posted on 07/11/2006 1:17:03 AM PDT by Brytani (Someone stole my tagline - reward for its return!!!)
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To: kayak
Thanks for the ping Kay.

5.56mm

45 posted on 07/11/2006 4:19:13 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Fighting Back


46 posted on 07/11/2006 6:41:28 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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